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I travel to Paris each year and I'm well acquainted with restaurants, shops, hotels and the general layout of the arrondissements. I frequently create itineraries for my friends, including what to pack, how to travel, etc. I also frequent many out of the way places that are not in a lot of tour books, but that should NOT be missed.

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I visit France each March and stay for two weeks, living in an apartment. I frequent most non-tourist restaurants, bars and socialize with a lot of locals. I have very honest opinions...because I love this city and wish to dispell the misinformation that is out there regarding Paris and its citizens


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French degree. Currently work as Marketing manager in a Fortune 100 Telecommunications company

What do you like about this subject?

Paris is such a city of discovery. Each year I go I find something more to love about this city.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

The small nuances to conversation that deem you a "tourist" or "in the know"...and finding more out of the way neighborhood spots.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The last surviving vineyard in Paris is on Montmartre and the wine is auctioned off. Proceeds go to charitable organizations and to the arts.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Do you know you can be fined by the Metro guards at night if you do not have your Metro ticket from your originating station when you leave...if you're stopped and asked for it? The fine is expensive and must be paid immediately.

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Recent Answers from Patrick Robichaud

2015-04-08 Plane trips:

Hi James -     Unfortunately, prices to Europe have been skyrocketing since 2001, due to gas prices, security taxes, etc.     I did a quick search for you on orbitz. Have you tried flying out of Toronto?

2009-08-17 Loire 3 days:

Elena   If youre looking for architecture, Id definitely look at Blois rather than Tours. Its lovely with the bridge over the Loire and the Chateau in the city center.   Blois is close to Chateau

2009-08-13 Paris end of August:

Dear ET -     While a good many places may be closed, there is enough open to keep one occupied. There will most likely be more tourists than Parisians, but you will be able to get around the city easier

2009-07-19 Shuttle bus Montpellier airport:

Hello Edith-    There are plenty of Buses/ Trams into and around Montpellier. Take a look at the following websites and see if they help you.      cg34

2009-07-14 travel from CDG to Bercy station:

Hi - Taking the train is really the cheapest: Take the RER B to Gare du Nord. Transfer to the RER D and take it to Gare de Lyon. Transfer to Metro line 14 and take it one stop to Bercy.     I do not believe


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